Obviously, Week 2 overinflated expectations, and I'm fairly sure the Patriots didn't want to thrust that role upon Edelman. (Think about thisâ€”when was the last time a rookie WR was targeted 16 times in his first-ever NFL game?) Nevertheless, I'd say that, overall, the Patriots must be pleased so far with Edelman's progress. He doesn't see the field like Welker yet, and his hands aren't as good as Welker's yet, but how could you reasonably expect a QB who's just switched to WR to do that, when Welker has been playing RB/WR essentially his entire career? That said, he does have a lot going for himâ€”he's (a little) bigger than Welker, and has (a little) more speedâ€”so it's possible that he could turn into a 3A or 3B receiver by the end of the season. [A lot, of course, depends on how Tate progresses.] All in all, I think we're seeing right now what the Pats' plan for Edelman is: spot duty as the #3 receiver, trying to focus on higher-percentage plays (in contrast to Week 2, where Edelman was 8/16, this week he was 3/3), along with an expanded role as a returner. He can't rest on his laurelsâ€”something he knows quite wellâ€”but I'm guessing he won't.